corner King St. East and Jarvis St., Toronto
plaque inside the hall records its role as a public meeting space
built in 1850 in the heart of Toronto. A centre for cultural and
political activity over the years, it has featured noted concert
singers as well as lively debates and orations. Frederick Douglass,
the renowned former slave and abolitionist, was one of the first
speakers here, as this was a frequent site for anti-slavery rallies.
to Daniel G. Hill,
in Toronto, 1793-1865, an historic
convention of the North American Convention of Coloured Freemen met
here in 1851. Hundreds of free Black people converged on the
city from the northern states and England. The Convention resolved to
encourage American slaves to emigrate to Canada instead of going to
Africa, since Canada despite its limited liberties for Blacks offered
the best opportunity to support anti-slavery activity.